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Newcastle Linked With 6’4″ Bordeaux International Defender

News today in the Daily Express that Newcastle may be interested in Senegal International Ludovic Sané.

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Ludovic Sané – 26 year-old defensive midfielder or central defender

Ludovic has been at Bordeaux since 2009, and Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran will know him from his time at the French club.

Sané usually plays in defensive midfield, but the 6’4″ player can also play in central defense, and it seems a number of clubs are interested in him, including
West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Wigan – as well as Newcastle.

The 26 year-old Bordeaux man wants to play in the Premier League, but his French club are not too keen to let him go.

This is what Sane has told reporters:

“I am very proud of my season but I have read that there is interest from English clubs in me and that can only be good news.” “Every physical and powerful player wants to play in the Premier League.”

“Every physical and powerful player wants to play in the Premier League and I am no different.” “There is nothing concrete at the moment and my club Bordeaux have been great to me and have given me an opportunity.”

Sané joined Bordeaux from US Lormont, and he was born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot in southwestern France, and began his football career playing for the local club US Lormont, which is on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

He has a contract at Bordeaux that runs out next year, so presumably he could move in the summer for a reasonable price, which is maybe why Newcastle are interested.

He’s played 84 times for Bordeaux and scored four goals, and he has 8 caps for Senegal after receiving his first cap back in 2010.

And if Newcastle are really interested in this player, we must have a great chance – given the number of French speaking players we have on Tyneside – plus his former team-mate Yoan Gouffran.

What do you think?

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11 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    I think this is the guy Torq was raving about. Absolute beast by all accounts.

    As well as Saylor can play at times, he still has that fatal daft moment in him and at 27, I don’t know if he’ll ever lose it.

    With Pardew the hugely frustrating thing is if you look at our squad we are not a million miles away but I think in the summer he will be looking at the type of players he is more comfortable with, ie big physical players rather than ball players and good passers and in reality Pardew is much closer to the Allardyce indentikit manager model than a Laudrup or Pochettino.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #2

    How many players in? How many players out?

    I would say out… 7 (Willo, Collo, Obertan, Gosling, Harper, Simmo, Ameobi)… and in about 10 (7 of the being under-21)


    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Explains all the huge units Pards has brought in over his time at Newcastle

  • G

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    @post 1 – how infuriating that ST went and did that after a lot of us bloggers have been telling people how he doesn’t do that any more. Have to give him some credit with the ‘Ouch my boll*x’ defence mind. Far superior to his old ‘Ouch my chest’ bluff. At least he has learned someting.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5


    That’s the whole tragedy. We have some great ball players recommended by Carr but they don’t suit Pardew’s preferred system. It doesn’t make sense why he bought some of them.

    That’s why I said we are so close but so far away. Anita is a full Dutch international and was a star man for Ajax and can’t get a game ahead of Perch. Marveaux is on the bench most of the time, Cabaye is played too deep and Cisse finds himself as a winger in some games.

    Ashley never liked Allardyce’s style and maybe Pardew was aware of this and has tried to compromise but doesn’t really know how to.


    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6


    Haha well said. I can never understand it when fans say Pardew likes big physical players when all he has bought are good technical passing players. Rumors of Liverpool wanting Ben Arfa in a swap deal with Carroll. NO WAY i say

  • Slank

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7


    ‘Explains all the huge units Pards has brought in over his time at Newcastle’

    I suppose if Rotunda is a diminutive dwarf, especially a poisoned one, then perhaps Anita and Marveaux are huge units. The only big lad that has come in lately is Sissoko.

  • G

    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    There were rumours at the start of the season that after the end of this season, Pardew would be stepping sideways, and adopting a ‘Director of Football’ type position, and the club would be fetching in a new ‘head-coach’ to work with the first team. Looking at the signings we have made prior to the season beginining, and during the Jan window, I can’t help but wonder if these rumours have any credence to them? I just worry about who that ‘head-coach’ could be? After all, under MA the appointments of managers could have been a bit better eh? Shearer was a risk, JFK was baffling, Hoots was a risk, and AP was, and still is a risk.


    Apr 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    So Pards had nothing to do with the incoming player then but now he will take full control and bring in massive lumping players? I sense u haven’t thought this through…or ur just spitting bile with no reasoning behind it. Also Anita the star of Ajax? Really? I don’t recall Ajax selling star men for so little

    Cheers lads nice to know am not alone in this line of thought

  • Slank

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10


    ‘ How many players out – Willo, Collo, Obertan, Gosling, Harper, Simmo, Ameobi)’

    Willo – I wouldn’t be too hasty in getting rid of central defenders as wasn’t that a problem this season? Given that Colo is returning home to Argentina we will need all the experienced central defenders we have. Someone has to be fourth choice.

    Colo – Is gone. Pity but family comes first although some would say he should have thought of that first.

    Obertan – He has had lots of opportunities, possibly too many, and his style doesn’t fit in to or suit the team or he cannot adapt to the pattern of play. Sell.

    Gosling – Doesn’t bring anything special to the team. Is still young enough to attract buyers. Sell.

    Harper – Too old perhaps. Elliott has proved that he is good enough to be a top keeper and would probably be a cert in many Premiership clubs but Krull is the outstanding number one. Retirement beckons.

    Simmo – He is alright but definately second to Debuchy. Can Tavernia be second fiddle to Debuchy instead of Simpson? We have three good fullbacks but we should have four. If Simpson doesn’t sign he is off.

    Ameobi – Centre forwards are a bit like central defenders, we need four. Currently we have two. Campbell is an unknown quantity so I would keep Ameobi.

  • Owldman

    Apr 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Romours are rumours nothing more, just stories dreamed up by journalists trying to sell newspapers, we’ve been linked with about 7 players already this week & the season isn’t even over yet.Watched this player Sane on ESPN last night, he is nothing special to be honest.


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